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road to recovery. as the task of cleaning up after sandy begins, fear of the storm gives way to frustration and its aftermath. >> took me two hours to get here from hoboken. i have no gas. >> stop it. millions remain in the dark and some could be without power for days. >> it could be a commitment to walk down because we wouldn't be coming back up. while others survey the damage from sandy, which could go down as one of the costliest storms in history. >> it's november 1st and bills need to be made and i don't have, you know, money. with the storm gone, the candidates go on the attack in the closing days of the presidential race. >> the policies of the last four years in my view are not the policies that america needs for the future. >> governor romney has been using all his talents as a salesman to dress up these very
same policies that failed our salesman to dress up these very same policies that failed our country so badly. captioning funded by cbs good morning, everybody. good to be with you. i'm terrell brown. the painfully slow recovery continues in the aftermath of hurricane sandy's widespread destruction. transportation is gradually being restored and power is coming back little by little and people are struggling to dig out from a munten of debris. at least 90 deaths are blamed on the storm. property damage estimated from $30 billion to $50 billion, that would make it the second costliest storm in u.s. history, only behind hurricane katrina. 4.6 million customers have no power from east coast to the midwest. and then there is the emotional toll, which seems to rise with each day since the storm. randall pinkston. good morning to you. >> good morning, terrell.
we like to talk about the good news. the amazing hard work that is being done to recover, but so much was lost and still so much work remaining to be done. it's all taking a toll. you didn't have to look hard to find frustrated people. there were long lines to get gas. and long lines to get into new york city, as police enforced a three-person per vehicle rule. >> we can't go to the brooklyn bridge. >> reporter: traffic will only get better when all the tunnel and subway lines are clear of water and the pumps are operating 24 hours a day to speed up the process. but one look at this tunnel connecting manhattan and brooklyn shows just how much work is still left to be done. the nights are especially hard for people without electricity. con edison says it will have power back on tomorrow for hundreds of thousands of people in manhattan. here in new jersey police began allowing people who live along the coast back into their homes for the first time since the storm. for many, it was an emotional
homecoming. >> upset we lost everything here and there's nothing we can do. this is it. >> reporter: he says the water rose three feet high in his stafford township home. he spent the afternoon throwing away all of his goods. >> i didn't have much left. >> reporter: damage from sandy is estimated at $50 billion. a little bit of good news on the personal side. coming to work tonight, i found a service station with no line. amazing. fork river, garden state parkway, if you can get there now. terrell? >> considering what we've seen throughout the day yesterday and throughout the week, really, that's great news. randall pinkston, thank you so much. appreciate it. more than a half million homes and businesses here in new york are still without power this morning. to help restore service, the air force flew dozens of utility trucks from california to the east coast. and for many in the big apple the situation is growing
worse by the hour. residents are complaining that much-needed assistance is slow to arrive. nearly half of manhattan remains blacked out and temporary charging stations were set up so people can charnel up their cell phones. but as michelle miller shows us, many are still stranded inside their homes. >> reporter: in the dark and narrow staircase of lower manhattan seward park apartment complex, we heard the echo of the footsteps. >> three, four, five, six -- >> reporter: to make his way through. the 62-year-old counts every step. >> got to slow down for us, buddy. >> reporter: have to slow down for us, buddy. seward lost power monday night. since then castwell is the only lifeline to the outside world for at least seven families. he was headed to the 20th floor. >> we got a message to try and help these people, whoever they are. >> reporter: he first stopped to visit 92-year-old lily. she lives on floor 16.
>> if people hadn't been helping you, would you be -- >> i feel stranded. >> seven, eight, nine, ten. >> reporter: he finally got to apartment 2006. >> how are you doing? >> i was recruited by the building to see what you need. >> reporter: elaine and mark were the couple behind the door. >> we really felt isolated. >> reporter: so when folks knocked on the door, what was your first thought? >> gratefulness. even if you just came to say hello, how are you? >> reporter: the couple hasn't been outside since the elevator stopped running monday night. >> coming up is really a hardship for us. we stayed up here. we knew it was a commitment to go down because we wouldn't be coming back up. >> reporter: three days without a working fridge and the cupboard is almost bare. he heads back to the stairwell and out the front door and to the food distribution center two buildings over. >> please and thank you, that's what i want in life, that's all.
it's a nice thing. >> reporter: so, it's back up the stairs. >> i made it. >> reporter: to the people who depend on him. >> we appreciate that. >> reporter: michelle miller, cbs news, new york. a follow up to the search of two young brothers who were swept away by storm waters in new york, thursday they were found dead. the bodies of 2-year-old brandon and 4-year-old conor moore were discovered in a marsh. the boys were swept from their mother's arms as she tried to escape to safety. the coast guard suspended its four-day search of the ship "uss bounty." he went down with the ship when it sank early monday morning. resc rescuers were hoping he could stay alive in the survival suit. hurricane sandy was so big and traveled so far, its impact
reached the midwest. as the cleanup continues in northeast ohio, about 89,000 people remain without power for a fourth day. that's down from more than 250,000. many took refuge in centers. >> i got this notice on my cell phone from the code red and saying this was available and i thought, it has to be a lot warmer than my house. >> many electric companies are trying to restore power by the weekend. hurricane sandy may just actually be the start, the national weather service says a new storm could strike the mid-atlantic and new england states by election day and last for two days. that storm isn't expected to be as bad as sandy, but could bring high winds and heavy rain and snow to the interior. take a quick break on a friday morning. when we come back, the gloves are off. the presidential candidates go on the offensive with the election just days away. this is the "morning news." "morning news." there's big news.
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the dow closed 136 points up after the second day of trading this week. the biggest gain since mid-september, thanks to the improving job market and an increase in consumer confidence. hurricane sandy forced the stock exchange to close monday and tuesday. this morning the labor department releases its october jobs report. comes just four days before the presidential election. economists predict employers added 125,000 jobs last month. that the unemployment rate will tick up from 7.8% to 7.9%. the presidential candidates are back on the campaign trail after getting side tracked by hurricane sandy. today, president obama and mitt romney will both make stops in the critical swing state of ohio. in the final hours leading up to tuesday's election, the candidates are making up for lost time. danielle nottingham reports. >> reporter: air force one drops president obama at his first stop, green bay. >> hello, wisconsin! >> reporter: after three days off the campaign trail, the
president wasted no time confronting mitt romney's twists on bringing change to washington. >> he's saying he's the candidate of change. well, let me tell you, wisconsin, we know what change looks like. and what the governor's offering sure ain't change. >> reporter: president obama then jetted to las vegas to deliver his closing arguments in another key battleground state. >> it's more than just the choice between two candidates. it's more than just the choice between two parties. you're going to be making a choice between two fundamentally different visions of america. >> reporter: the president will be in eight different states before the weekend is over. for both white house candidates, it's now an all-out sprint to election day. mitt romney concentrated on virginia thursday. he toned down his speeches after sandy hit, but was on the attack again at a rally in the richmond suburbs.
>> this is an election where i think we're not just going to shape the country for four years, but for a generation. >> reporter: romney returned to another criticism of the president at a window and door factory in roanoke. >> they are making products for america and they and their family and all the people that work at marvin did build this. >> reporter: recent polls have the president up just by two points in virginia. nationally, the race is a virtual tie. danielle nottingham, cbs news, the white house. we'll take a quick break, up next your friday morning weather and penn state cover up. jerry sandusky sex abuse reaches the highest levels of the university. sandusky sex abuse reaches the highest levels of the university. [ male announcer ] in blind taste tests, even ragu users chose prego.
[ male announcer ] choose taste. choose prego. here's a look at the weather around some cities. mostly cloudy in new york, 54 degrees. partly sunny in chicago, 49. sunny out in dallas, 88. early clouds in l.a., 70 degrees. let's check your national forecast. calm weather across most of the country today. mid-atlantic states could see scattered rain and snow showers from what is left of sandy, which is well into canada. expect light snow in the great lakes and southern plains. south and southwest and most of the rockies remain mostly dry and sunny. a strong, low-pressure system will bring heavy winds to much of southern alaska. a school bus crash in alabama sent 14 students to the hospital. police say a pickup truck slammed into the bus yesterday in hodges knocking the bus on its side. the driver helped students escape by climbing through an emergency exit in the roof. there were no serious injuries.
new fallout in the jerry sandusky case. two penn state administrators are due in court later today to face additional charges of a cover up. as teresa garcia reports, the school's former president is facing new charges brought by the scandal. >> reporter: the former president of penn state was part of the conspiracy to cover up the sex crimes of former assistant football coach, jerry sandusky. graham spanier charged with five counts, perjury, obstruction of justice, endangering the welfare of children, conspiracy and failure to report suspected child abuse. two other former administrators, timothy curley and gary schultz face those same charges. >> this case is about three powerful and influential men. three men who used their positions at penn state to conceal and cover up for years the activities of a known child predator. >> reporter: sandusky was
convicted of sexually abusing ten boys over a 15-year period, though prosecutors suspect there were more victims. he is serving a 30 to 60-year sentence. prosecutors charge the three school administrators knew about at least two assaults. >> this was a conspiracy of silence by top officials working to actively conceal the truth. >> reporter: spanier said he would have acted if he knew sandusky was a predator. but law officials say he and his colleagues turned a blind eye, concerned more about themselves and the university's image. >> the one fact that you will find lacking is any concern or even discussion about the children that were victimized or any other children that could have been victimized. >> reporter: teresa garcia, cbs news. when we come back, another look at this morning's top story and under water. venice' famous canals hit a high water mark. canals hit a high water mark.
to get by four days after superstorm sandy. plus: the candidates race te finish. how this morning's jobs number could impact the race. and agent attacked. s-f-p-d release video of a bike- tog passenger assaulting a work. how the victim is doing this morning. join us for cbs 5 eyewitness news this morning... beginng at 4:30. ,,,,
here's a look at the weather around some cities around the country. mostly cloudy in washington, 54 degrees. sunny in atlanta 71. sunny and 58 in st. louis and breezy and mild in denver, 64. afternoon showers in seattle, 58 degrees. top stories now on a friday. the presidential candidates hit the campaign trail. president obama will make stops in all-important ohio. mitt romney also in wisconsin and ohio. election, by the way, four days away. the cleanup from sandy continues. the death toll has reached 90. it's estimated the storm caused up to $50 billion in damage, making it the second costliest storm in u.s. history. on new york's long island more than 600,000 customers are still without power. it's been four days since sandy's landfall and during these chilly november nights, many are just trying to keep warm. >> everything has been touched
by sandy. >> reporter: jacqueline drives the local school bus in freeport, but no power means no school and at home it means a lot of candles. >> i keep it lit, actually, but we watch it. i don't sleep. >> reporter: you don't sleep. what do you mean? >> i have to make sure that we don't burn down. >> reporter: her daughter, ebony thomas, is home to help her clean up her flooded basement. the dental office where thomas works is closed, too. but no power there likely means no paycheck. >> it's november 1st and bills need to be paid and i don't have money. >> reporter: it's come down to eating cans of tuna. no heat, no lights, no hot water. >> taking a cold shower and then you're coming from the cold water into the cold air. >> reporter: a tree down and a family car flooded. what happens if the car won't start and insurance won't cover it? >> i really don't want to think about that, but i know that my plan "b" or "c," at this point,
i'm not sure what alphabet number i am at on my plans yet. >> reporter: then there are the little things. >> they said the library is charging phones, so, we'll walk over there. >> reporter: at freeport library, just down the street, we found the most important resources were power and heat. >> isn't it cold? >> dark and cold. >> reporter: careen jared lewis, a science teacher, made sure that her son didn't miss his school work even though school was closed. >> we're not here only for homework, but for warmth, and to be around people. >> reporter: libraries like this one have become sort of a refuge. but it's a refuge that closes at 9:00 p.m. seth jones, cbs news, freeport, new york. after days of unrelenting rain, sea water flooded streets and squares in venice, italy. spilled into the city, leaving it nearly 60% under water. the flood waters left it nearly impossible to distinguish between the famous canals and
streets and sidewalks. much of italy has been hit by bad weather in the past week. the ipad mini makes its debut in stores today. apple's latest tablets started selling in new zealand and asia this morning. the new device measures 7.9 inches diagonally. more than a million minis will fly off the shelves on the first weekend. i'm sure you can wait and a new one will come out soon. in sports, the san diego chargers take it to the chiefs last night. san diego leading in the second half and chiefs quarterback matt castle coughs up the ball in the end zone and san diego jumps on it for the touchdown. on kansas city's next possession castle picked up by demario williams he takes it 59 yards for the score. chargers win this one, 31-13. coming up a little later after your local news on cbs this morning, live updates from the slow recovery from hurricane sandy. i'm terrell brown in new york, this is the cbs "morning news."
new jersey's long beach island was one of the areas hit hardest by hurricane sandy. recovery of the popular vacation spot will take months, if not years. ben tracy reports, residents are not ready to give up on the historic island. >> it's long beach island. people call it lbi, the island. >> reporter: for most of her life, leslie houston has called this island home. >> once you've been here and you have the sand in your shoes, you never want to leave. it's a legacy. it's a life. it's what your hometown means to you if you spent 53 years there. >> reporter: which is why it's so hard to see it shattered. what do you think of what happened to your island? >> we've got an real slap in the face. >> reporter: a few things were spared on this strip of resort towns, which since the late 1800s have been a haven for sun
seekers. >> in their petty coats. that's how this island started. it was a vacation spot for the people in philadelphia. >> reporter: 10,000 people live here year round but in the summer the population swells to 100,000. with families vacationing in towns surf city. >> atlantic city is about 13, 14 miles due south of us here. >> reporter: glenn and his family built their first summer home here in 1949. >> a lot of folks here that live here are teachers and i'll say regular middle class folks who were able to a lot of times get on the island or get on the property before the prices sky rocketed. >> reporter: with its sandy beaches, amusement park and quaint candy shops, this is normally a summer paradise. but also a place that has known its share of disasters. >> my family owned a house right there. they bought it right after the '62 storm. >> reporter: the 1962 nor'easter ripped this place apart, as did
a hurricane in 1944. but each time, lbi bounced back. now, three days after sandy, signs of strength are on display. >> we are jersey strong. it's going to come back. maybe not this summer, but it's going to come back. >> reporter: because this is a place built on summer memories that can never be swept away. ben tracy, cbs news, long island. coming up after your local news on cbs "this morning" more on the recovery of sandy. live reports from new york and new jersey. the presidential candidates are back on the attack. we'll hear from robert gibbs. senior adviser to the obama campaign. the search for two afghan intelligence officials who have gone missing during a visit to washington. john miller has details of that and more a little later on cbs "this morning." as always, i appreciate you watching. i'm terrell brown in new york. take care, everybody. have a great day and a great weekend.
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